50th Anniversary Symposium of the Military Coup in Brazil

Thursday, April 3-Friday, April 4, 2014, Pyle Center

"Brazil and Human Rights Reconsidered: Politics, Culture and Dictatorship, 50 Years after the 1964 Coup"

On March 31st, 1964, the Armed Forces of Brazil commenced a series of events that would lead to the removal from power of then President João Goulart and the installation of a military-backed, authoritarian regime that would persist in power until 1985. 50 years later almost to the date, the Brazil Initiative at UW-Madison along with our co-sponsors have invited a group of Brazilianists from the United States and abroad for a day-long symposium that seeks to commemorate this departure from democracy and critically analyze its consequences in a larger context and from diverse perspectives.

Thursday, April 3, 7:00pm, 335 Pyle Center

Keynote Address

“Memories of Resistance in Brazil: Reflections on Student Opposition, 50 Years after the Golpe de Estado”

Victoria Langland, Associate Professor of History, University of Michigan

Friday, April 4, 8:30am-5:00pm, 335 Pyle Center

Featured Speakers:

Rebecca Atencio, Assistant Professor of Luso-Brazilian Literary and Cultural Studies, Tulane University

Christopher Dunn, Associate Professor of Luso-Brazilian Literary and Cultural Studies, Tulane University, 2013-2014 Brazil Initiative Fellow

Luca Bacchini, Assistant Professor of Portuguese and Brazilian Literature, University of Bologna, Italy

Peter Beattie, Associate Professor of History, Michigan State University

Jerry Dávila, Professor of History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Marc Adam Hertzman, Assistant Professor of History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Peter Kornbluh, Senior Analyst, National Security Archive, George Washington University

Leila Lehnen, Professor of Portuguese & Spanish, University of New Mexico

Sponsored by the Brazil Initiative, the Latin American Caribbean and Iberian Studies (LACIS) program, the Division of International Studies, the Goldberg Fund, the Human Rights Program, Global Legal Studies, the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Staff, and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

Symposium Program

Thursday, April 3

Kollege Klub

5:00pm      Bate Papo with Live Music by the Samba Novistas

Pyle Center, Room 335

7:00pm      Opening Session

Remarks by:

Professor Severino J. Albuquerque, Director, Brazil Initiative, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Professor Francisco Scarano, Director, Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program, University of Wisconnin-Madison

Professor James Sweet, Chair, History Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Conference Keynote Address

“Memories of Resistance in Brazil: Reflections on Student Opposition, 50 Years after the Golpe de Estado”

Professor Victoria Langland, University of Michigan

Friday, April 4

Pyle Center, Room 335

8:30am       Registration

9:00am-11:45am                   Second Session

Rethinking History: New Perspectives on Dictatorship and Human Rights in Brazil

Chair               Professor Alberto Vargas, Associate Director, Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“State of Disorder: The Improvisation of Military Rule in Brazil”

Professor Jerry Dávila, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“The Inside Story: New Revelations on the United States, Brazil, and Dictatorship”

Dr. Peter Kornbluh, National Security Archive, George Washington University

Comments       Adela Cedillo, PhD candidate, Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison

10:15am-10:30am        Coffee Break

"What Changed?: State Surveillance and Resistance in a Single Life—Edison Carneiro and the Police (1930s-1970s)"

Professor Marc Hertzman, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“Another ‘Abertura’: The Military Regime’s Reform of Conjugal Visits in Brazil’s Prisons and its Legacy, 1980-2013”

Professor Peter Beattie, Michigan State University

Comments       Jacob Blanc, PhD candidate, Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison

12:00pm    Lunch in the AT&T Lounge

“From Madison to New York to Rio: a Dramatic Forgotten Chapter of the International Human Rights Story?

Professor Steve J. Stern, Alberto Flores Galindo and Hilldale Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2:00pm-4:45pm            Third Session

Rethinking Culture: New Perspectives on Protest and Disenchantment in Brazil

Chair               Professor Severino J. Albuquerque, Director, Brazil Initiative, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“Projections of the Past: Making the Invisible Visible in Tata Amaral's Hoje

Professor Rebecca Atencio, Tulane University

“On (Brazilian) Counterculture”

Professor Chris Dunn, Tulane University

Comments       Marta-Laura Suska, PhD candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison 

3:15pm-3:30pm  Coffee Break

"Transitional Spaces and Voids in Luis Fernando Veríssimo"

Professor Leila Lehnen, University of New Mexico

“Protestar é preciso, reprimir não é preciso. Música popular e resistência”

Professor Luca Bacchini, University of Bologna, Italy

Comments      Steven K. Smith, Associate Director, Global Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

4:45pm      Closing Remarks

Professor Francisco Scarano, Director, Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison